Kicking It With The Bucket Hat

Kicking It With The Bucket Hat

As bucket hat season is upon us, we take a closer look at the story of this underestimated headwear classic.

Bucket Hats have long been a staple headwear choice of the skater, along with caps and beanies. But the warmer months are when the Bucket Hats really come out of hibernation, so as the Spring/Summer season is now upon us, we thought we'd take a look back at some different ways the humble Bucket Hat has been worn over the years. Starting off life in the 1900s as a hat used by farmers and fishermen, then adopted by other outdoor pursuits, these earlier hats usually made from Tweed or Wool Felt.


In the 1940s the materials changed and became standard issue for the Israeli Defence Force, the perfect lightweight hat to protect the army from the scorching hot sun. In the Korean and Vietnam wars, it was seen for the first time in the olive drab cotton, used by the U.S. military as the perfect hat to stay protected in the tropics. So, when all the veterans came home from war, no matter their rank or status, many ex-servicemen kept wearing the handy, weatherproof, fold-up bucket hats. Worn everywhere, from ghetto street corners to private golf clubs, and seen in films and TV shows like M*A*S*H and Apocalypse Now. They also popped up in fashion boutiques the 1960s in, made in stiffer fabrics with bright patterns and worn by the Mods and bands like the Kinks, Rolling Stones and the Small Faces.


With the rise of the B-Boy in the late 1970s and rappers like the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC and LL Cool J all rocking the now iconic Kangol, it wasn't long until a bucket hat was a must have for anyone into hip-hop culture to wear alongside their tracksuit, trainers and chains. In addition to Kangol, surfboard shaper and streetwear pioneer Shawn Stüssy was another early adopter of the Bucket hat, so in the mid-eighties when the U.K rave scene kicked off it was these early streetwear brands that became synonymous with the scene. As well as worn by a multitude of bands like The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets and Happy Mondays.


So over the decades the Bucket Hat has more than earned its place in the holy trinity of headwear (cap, beanie and bucket), especially in the world of skateboarding. With loads of legendary skaters loyally rocking bucket hats, the likes of Chad Muska, Kevin Bradley, Mark Gonzales, Tyler Bledstoe, Lucien Clarke and Jason Dill to name a handful. So when you're looking for some protection from the sun but still wanna look good, be sure to back the bucket.


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